As Chris Bosh sails into retirement with the Miami Heat about to retire his No. 1 jersey, the veteran has no plans to jump into the next stage of his career.
While it’s not uncommon for retired players to transition into a front office role, Bosh said he doesn’t want to deal with the busyness so soon.
“I could easily plug back into the game and try to regain that life that I once had, in some kind of way, in the GM office or the front office,” the NBA champion said. “Those guys work hard. You can’t have a life, working 24/7.”
Bosh, who turned 35 on Sunday, hasn’t played in the NBA since Feb. 9, 2016 due to blood clots. Although the big man attempted to return several times, doctors and the franchise ultimately deemed it wasn’t safe enough.
Despite no basketball action, Bosh has been keeping himself since busy. The father of five has been in the public spotlight much more lately as he’s dabbled into entertainment, public speaking, broadcasting and other endeavors since stepping away from the hardwood.
“One of the interesting things I really realized is everyone kind of has your future planned out for you,” Bosh said. “And that kind of made me want to go against the grain, because that seems too easy.
While Bosh has certainly gone against the grain, he will always be remembered for his significant contributions on the court. Throughout his career, the 13-year pro averaged 19.2 points and 8.5 rebounds on 49.4 percent shooting from the field per game. In addition, the Georgia Tech product helped lead the Heat to two championships in 2012 and 2013.
On Tuesday night, Bosh will be forever embedded into the organization as he becomes the fourth Heat player to have his jersey retired in franchise history. The other three players are Tim Hardaway, Alonzo Mourning and Shaquille O’Neal.
The jersey ceremony will take place during halftime of the Heat’s huge battle against the Orlando Magic.